Grant takes on Gipp­sDairy

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FARM SCENE -

Hal­lora dairy farmer Grant Wil­liams has been elected Gipp­sDairy chair with Yan­nathan dairy farmer Lau­ren Fin­ger elected deputy chair at the last Gipp­sDairy board meet­ing.

The elec­tions came about af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of Graeme Nicoll who leaves Gipp­sDairy to be a direc­tor on the Dairy Aus­tralia board.

Mar­ket re­port for 8th and 9nd Fe­bru­ary 2017 Wed­nes­day Fat Sale 514 head. Thurs­day Bull and Cow Sale, 25 bulls, 417 cows

Bul­lock num­bers were bet­ter, which gave buy­ers more op­tions and sold to strong com­pe­ti­tion. Steer num­bers were steady, de­mand was firm to stronger. Vealer num­bers were down on last week but sold well with some very good veal­ers. 23 bul­locks made to 312 and av­er­aged 288.3. 34 heifers made to 328, up 35 and av­er­aged 297.7, up 37. 52 steers made to 324.2, back 4 and av­er­aged 253.8, up 11. 489 veal made to 377.6, up 7 and av­er­aged 328.9, back 6. Cows num­bers de­creased with 417 head on of­fer. A full con­tin­gent of buy­ers were present to com­pete. Pres­sure in, the bet­ter pens was full on, with cows mak­ing to 283 cents to av­er­age 203.3. With a yard­ing of 25 bulls from 72 last week de­mand was still good with bulls sell­ing to 280.6.

5 LimX 1 LimX 3 LimX 1 LimX 8 Char 1 LimX

2 Char 3 Ang 2 Ang

1 Ang 1 Lim 1 LimX 1 M/G 1 Ang

Mr Wil­liams, who has been a Gipp­sDairy direc­tor for more than four years and deputy chair for the past year, said he was ex­cited with this op­por­tu­nity and is look­ing for­ward to play­ing his part in sup­port­ing the Gipp­s­land dairy in­dus­try.

“Over the past 12 months Gipp­sDairy has fo­cused on help­ing dairy farm­ers dur­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­riod. I think we’ve risen to

K&L Spriggs 370 376.6 N&D Ren­shaw, Lil­lico 378 376.2 N Amaroso 357 373.6 Brain & Thor­son P/East 420 363.2 Ford Davis & Son, Nay­ook 388 360.0 M&B Hard­ing, Hill End 340 359.2

McCrorey P/L, Trafal­gar 560 312.0 MG&AM Lyon, Heath Hill 595 310.0 A&K Bridge, West­bury 578 308.6

McCrorey P/L, Trafal­gar L Richard­son, Seav­iew K,S J G Sim, Nilma N Laukens, Glen­garry A&K Bridges, West­bury

7 CharX Dun­can & Part­ners, N/Jnct 448 328.0 7 Char B Webb, Trafal­gar 489 318.0 1 Lim D&G Cum­mins, N/brook 568 310.0 Ex­port Cows and Heifers 1 Sim B&A Pratt, War­ragul 1 Char D&S Ar­mour, War­ragul 2 Ang D&M Dins­dale, Traf/Sth 2 B/B C Toscarno, Drouin Wst 1 R/Ang Kulibara Trad­ing, Y/gon 1 Hfd N&D Ren­shaw, Lil­lico Dairy Cows 1 Frn V&M Zap­pulla, Neerim 1 Frn W Wil­liamson, Bona Vista 1 R/F LP&GD Van Box­tel, Modella 1 Frn D&R Ford, Dar­num 1 Frn K&L&C Snell, Poowong Bulls 1 Char 1 Ang 1 Frn B Webb, Trafal­gar D&M Dins­dale, Traf/Sth Mills Fam­ily Trust, K/M

Scotts, 3. Gib­bon, 4. SEJ, 5. El­ders.

500 327.6 505 324.2 530 322.2 550 320.0 465 314.6 580 283.2 655 259.2 590 254.6 605 247.2 665 240.0 540 239.2

635 232.0 785 230.0 730 230.0 725 219.2 705 205.0

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1762 1720 1782

1638 1637 1707 1760 1462

1469 1553 1751

1642 1697 1502 1495 1596 1291

1473 1805 1644 1589 1445

880 268.6 2328 935 257.6 2408 955 248.2 2370

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Mr Wil­liams said he was keen to spread the mes­sage of the dairy in­dus­try be­ing an in­te­gral and re­spon­si­ble part of the wider Gipp­s­land com­mu­nity.

“I am a pas­sion­ate dairy farmer, proud of our in­dus­try and I will con­tinue to pro­mote dairy farm­ing as a long term, prof­itable and sus­tain­able way of life” he said.

Graeme Nicoll’s role as chair for the past 16 months was ac­knowl­edged by Mr Wil­liams, who said the Fish Creek dairy farmer had pro­vided de­ci­sive and in­tel­li­gent lead­er­ship dur­ing a time when many farm­ers were deal­ing with the ef­fects of low rain­fall and milk price.

“Graeme has been a won­der­ful ser­vant, gen­er­ously giv­ing his time and en­ergy to Gipp­sDairy and Gipp­s­land dairy farm­ers”, said Mr Wil­liams.

“I con­grat­u­late Graeme on what he has achieved at Gipp­sDairy and I know he will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion as a Dairy chal­lenge,” he Aus­tralia direc­tor,” Mr Wil­liams said. Gipp­sDairy Re­gional Man­ager Al­lan Cameron wel­comed Mr Wil­liams and Mrs Fin­ger to their new po­si­tions.

“Grant and Lau­ren are both in­no­va­tive farm­ers, com­mit­ted to the dairy in­dus­try and their ap­point­ments are an in­di­ca­tion of the es­teem in which they are both held”.

Gipp­sDairy gen­eral man­ager Al­lan Cameron, Chair Grant Wil­liams and Deputy Chair Lau­ren Fin­ger.

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